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Muskoka Summer WeissMuskoka Summer Weiss

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Seasonally brewed and available in limited quantities, Muskoka Summer Weiss ("vice") is crafted with visions of summer in mind. Unfiltered and naturally hazy by design, the perfect balance of wheat, barley and subtle hopping makes this an intriguingly aromatic, flavourful and sessionable summer wheat beer. To release more flavour, agitate bottle slightly before opening. Cheers to you Summer!

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Photo of TheHammer
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Awfully clear for a hefe as it produces a very light apricot skin orange. The carbonation is stead and ta finger of head stay around for a while.

Smell: Pretty much what I would expect from a Hefe, Banana and clove, although this one seems to have a bit more spiciness and almost a nutmeg note to it.

Taste: Starts with a mild wheat bread with a touch of banana that builds up with more citrus and apple notes that gets punctuated by a nice clove kick with a bitter note that just barely goes overboard.

Mouthfeel: Smoother then expected, superb transistioning and excellent carbonation although it leaves a little bit of a dry filmy aftertaste though, but the positives outweigh the negatives by far.

Drinkability: Yeah, this didn't last very long as the only thing the held back the beer was clove kick, which really isn't much to nitpick about. Refreshing, and I should also note it also fared quite well cold before warming.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed the beer quite thoroughly, although I really don't know if I'd rank this one as better then their retired Hefe recipe. I mean, this one is certainly more balanced but the other one was a Banana explosion. We'll let the chips lie where they may on this one but you really should give this beer a shot.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in weizen glass.

Look (3.5) - pours a golden-straw color (about 3-4*SRM). Clarity is a bit more than I'd expect from a Hefe. Head is good, rising to abolut two fingers and falling to a good, thick cap that really lasts. No real lacing. Good carbonation is visible.

Smell (4) - The nose is really good for the style. Some strong wheat graininess of the front. Both the banana and the clove yeast aromatics are present, leaning a bit more to the spiciness (which I really like).

Taste (3.5) - The flavor is good as well, but just a bit too light for my liking (very similar to Mein-Grunes from Schneider-Weiss). The balance has a lot more wheat flavor than on the nose. The yeast profile could have been a little stronger and lasted a bit more into the finish. Minimal hop profile.

Feel (4) - Lighter body with higher carbonation. The high carbonation dries out the finish a bit for me, which is good given that the wheat flavor lasts a bit longer.

Very, very drinkable, with a light flavor. A good example of the style, but I'm a bigger fan of a hefe with a stronger yeast profile on the palate.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

S - Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop. Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

Overall this was a damn fine hefe.

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Photo of papat444
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Generous off-white head tops a faintly cloudy yellow body. Good retention and average lacing.

Smell: Bubblegum, bread, strong cloves, banana and plump fruit. Nice & full.

Taste: Bready dough, overripe bananas, strong wheat tones, plump orange and spices. Light on the citrus. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Feels oddly flat a little at first. Other than that, full and smooth.

Overall: A good flavorful beer. Body was a bit weird at first but got used to it. An overall strong showing.

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Photo of SebD
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, oranges, citrusy fruit and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice orange burst with some banana, citrusy fruit and a bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Props to Muskoka Brewery for this great summer beer.

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Photo of Roke87
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL swing top bottle, chilled and poured into a weizen glass.
best before date: August.1/2011

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden amber colour with a miniscule pinky finger worth of bubbly white head that very quickly, almost immediately dissipates into nothing, not even any ring around the glass what so ever. Very lively carbonation from the looks of it, especially when it is first poured wow, and no lacing on the glass either to speak of.

Smell- Has a very typical hefeweizen smell to it, lots of clove and spice notes immediately dominate the nose, some very nice fruity aromas also coming through very strong in this one and almost takes over, I get almost a banana smell coming through. Typical yeast aromas and a mild touch of orange peel in there as well.

Taste- The clove and spice aromas really come through more on the palate and those nice fruity smells really take a back seat on the taste department, although they are still there, you really have to almost search for them if you will. Again typical hefe tastes with the yeast in there as well, and the orange peel does come through a bit more in the tastes as well, also I am getting a weird almost metallic taste every now and again, maybe I should have cracked this one sooner?

Mouthfeel- Definitely medium bodied with ample carbonation to it, goes down somewhat smooth and crisp and finishes dry.

Overall- Not too shabby, Very impressed by Muskoka’s offerings this year thus far, they are really turning themselves slowly into one of Ontario premium craft breweries. The smells are actually very nice and a pleasant change to the usual hefeweizen’s that are out there, really like the fruity banana aromas coming from this one. Although to be honest the smells don’t really translate into the taste, and the tastes come through very lacking in my opinion although nothing too bad. I would drink this one again if I was really in the mood for a hefe, but for the price it might almost be better to just pick up a quality European hefe.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light peach with a thin white head. Nice lacing and carbonation.

Smells winey and fruity upfront with cloves and various spices. Some orange peel yeast also.

Tastes like it smells, somewhat winey, yeasty, very fruity, some banana, orange, cloves, pear. Very refreshing!

One of the best Hefe's I've had in a while, very interesting. Lots of subtle flavours in this beer not found in typical Hefe's.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a massive size fizzy off-white coloured head. There seems to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also quite a bit of yeast taste and some cloves. I also picked up on a bit of a metallic flavour too. The beer finishes with a grainy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty decent effort once again from Muskoka, they are quickly becoming one of my favourite Ontario brewers. I wouldn't mind if the beer had a little bit more of a fruitiness and a little less carbonation, but other than that it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = poured a piullowy two finger head - good carbonation - paychy lacing - beautiful orange wheat color - cloudy

S - bananas, wheat and orange

T - bananas, biscuits and cloves - then a little orange peel - then a lot more orange - as it opened up the orange peel became more apparent and in fact it became a little unbalanced at the end - scored it based on the first half

M - medium body and plenty of carbonation - a little dry and sour in the finish - very noce overall

O - really enjoyed the first half of this beer - upon the first sip I felt I had tasted something special however as it opened up it seemed to lose its centre and was a little unbalanced

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Photo of bylerteck
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden colour. Two finger white head that snap, crackle, pops away fast. Lot's of carbonation. Very little head retention and no lacing. Just barely average.

S - Sweet spice, yeast orange combo is quite good. Very strong smelling. All mixed in well so no one element wins out. Spice seems to take a slight back seat here. Strong bubblegum note also.

T - Citrus and yeast really dominate with spice being pushed to the wayside. Orange and pear strongly come to mind.

M - Good carbonation and a definate medium, slightly creamy body. Very smooth.

O/D - A quality hefe. I can't say it's great but it's what it should be. Needs a yeastier character I think but it's good for the Summer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swinging pop top poured into tulip May16,2011

A cloudy golden orange that's cloudy enough that I can't see the bubbles, they do however spawn a fast falling two finger bone white head that leaves zero lace

S banana, dry cereal, lemon and some yeasty spice and some very faint soap

T some bubblegum comes out and there's just a little more earthy spice then I could smell, somehow everything mingles just right and this is what I think the stereotypical Hefe should taste like, the bananas just a little bruised compared to the smell but I always liked my banana just a little overripe anyways

M light and fluffy due to a decent amount of carbonation, lingering flavors stick to my lips well after the liquids in my tummy

O When I visualize a Hefe I think of a big ass, hard to fit into my over sized glass, top hat of foam that just lasts forever, this was not that beer. Other then the look of this one everything else was exactly what I look for in this style

Another kick ass Hefe from Central Canada, that's right Ontario your not Eastern Canada from where I sit in Alberta. (got in a fight today with a dude from Ontario who didn't believe me that there's more Provinces East of Ontario then West of it) And when I say "Another" I suppose I'm referring to Denison's and that's the only other I can think of. Thanks liamt07 for sending me this hidden gem and knocking yet another want off my list

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Photo of
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours bright yellow with a slight haze and a finger of white head that disspates very quickly. Fairly clear for the style.

Smell - the dominant aroma here is banana supported by a touch of clove and a tiny hint of citrus. Pleasant with no off smells, but fairly one dimensional.

Taste - sweet flavours of malt and banana with a mineral finish.

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Photo of ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its fruity golden orange body is hazed like a hefe should be. The head, however, doesn't fit the style. After an aggressive pour, no more than a finger's worth of quickly receding whispy white head is yeilded.

Wow. The nose quickly makes up for the appearance. Overly ripened brown spotted bananas burst from the glass. Fresh lemon peel adds a bit of a twang to the doughy wheat character that sits in the back. Very sweet and not overly complex.

Sweet through and through. A fresh breadiness provides the base where sugar coated bananas sit on top. Some lemon peel at the front gives a refreshing feel.

Light to medium bodied with a semi-creamy feel. Great balance with a good carbonated kick. A perfect summer beer being very refreshing.

This, for me, tops Denison's as my favourite Ontario Hefe. Muskoka's seasonal releases have all been fantastic and this is of no exception.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My weizen glass looks like a science center exhibit. The fury of these bubbles is fantastic: they attack the solid, studded surface like seething flames but are actually bounced from it and left to bobble there momentarily before finally being able to amalgamate into the big bed of foam. The bright, golden beer actually looks like a children's ball pit.

Muskoka could not have gotten much closer to the mark they aimed to hit - this thing seems every bit as German as Volkswagen or Lederhosen, despite that it's not even brewed on the same continent! There isn't much spice in the nose, but mushed bananas and traces of vanilla are noted, also a very perceivable tangy lemony flavour.

Some German weiss beers have a lot of clove and spiciness, others are more fruity and tout notes of banana and bubblegum - this one does both. Tiny, red-hot phenols - courtesy of a bona fide German yeast strain - lightly singe the tongue with a fresh pepper zest. Ramped-up carbonation intensifies this with prickling, sharp-toothed bubbles.

On the other hand, ample wheat malt has ensured a mouthfeel that is lusciously creamy, an ideal habitat in which drops of sweet vanilla and over-ripening banana can thrive. It is these flavours, and not the clove-like spice, that persevere in the aftertaste. Lemony, citrus acidity is splashed in there too. Bitterness, as you'd expect, is virtually omitted.

If I had to choose only ten brands of beer to drink for the rest of my life, I think at least two of them would probably be weizens. I love this distinctive, refreshing style and its consumption has become an integral part of my spring and summer rituals. Muskoka's is a very pleasant, credible example and it's something I'm sure I'll be buying again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint at C'Est What. Arrives a hazy golden, a couple shades darker than your average per style.

Nose is HEAVY on the banana, hint of cloves and phenols and something herbal. Pretty sweet smelling. Nice though.

Taste is too unbalanced for me - loads of banana, light bandaid phenols, spicy clove in the finish with a nice herbal coriander quality, lightly floral. On the sweet side of things, way too hefty of a body for the style, makes it seem even more muddled. A pint was enough for me, I wouldn't revisit. I know I'm in the majority but I enjoyed the previous incarnation better, more balanced and drinkable.

Second try: At The Only, heavy on the cloves and banana with a decidedly medicinal (aspirin) and bandaid note in the finish which increases with time. Really not digging this offering.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beer pours a cloudy ale colour, very lively head. there is some good carbonation levels as well. the head is a white, light in volume and very active. lot of air pockets. there is some minimal lacing.

Smell - one of my favourite smells, banana! there is a good banana smell to this beer along with some orange hints. maybe there is a slight hint of citrus as well.

Taste - very smooth, amazing tasting beer. the bitterness is faint but present, there isnt much aftertaste. i can pick up the banana combined with a citrus hint.

Mouthfeel - some added carbonation, although not much. maintains a light feel and is very smooth.

Overall - I think this is one of muskoka's top beers, one of the best releases. I will buy more and keep on hand, look forward to many more beers from muskoka!

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Photo of phirleh
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer comes in a 750ml swingtop bottle, perfect size to share, or just enjoy by one's self. Beer appears with a frothy white head, bubbling with a hazy straw colour. Smell is of banana, wheat malt and yeast. Taste is spicy, refereshing and citrusy, hints of clove. Mouthfeel is light, frothy and dry. Overall, this is quite the weiss coming out of Ontario, a great local brew for the summer.

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Photo of uno99
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new offering from an Ontario brewery that has been turning heads lately. This one presented in a beautiful 750ml bottle like the other "seasonal" offerings

Bottle advises you to agitate before pouring. I shouted a few insults at it -- nothing really exciting happened save my wife and cat having a laugh at me.

2011 edition, served at 53 degrees.

A: An agitated pour yields a bright white and dense 2 finger head atop a cloudy straw colored beer. Retention and lacing is not remarkable.

S: Really well done clove, bannana, bubble gum -- standard weiss territory. Suggestions of basil, mint, and soil.

T: Nails this hefe category to the wall. Dension's? You have some competition here.

M: Summer Weiss Feels really hardy. A good hefe should always give the impression that there's bales and bales of wheat in every glass and this definitely accomplishes that. A little sticky on the lips, a little dry at the finish.

Overall: I often say it is hard to make a bad a wheat beer, but honestly it's just as hard to make a really good one too, and this is really good. Good competition to Dension's and Blanche de Chambly for the King of Canadian Weiss.

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Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing, hazy honey colour with lots of visible carbonation. Awesome Weihenstephaner-style giant, rocky off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Tons of banana, candy malt, coriander and clove with a juicy citrus edge. A hint of herbal hops. Really nice smell.

Great balance of everything you'd want in a weisse: banana, bubblegum, clove, coriander. The candy malt pairs really well with a slightly-drying herbal finish. The only improvement could be a more intense flavour; it's not explosive in the way Weihenstephaner is.

The feel could definitely be beefed up. Decent medium-light body and light carbonation.

I'm pretty impressed, this is one of the better weisse beers I've had. Extremely drinkable; this 750ml would be no problem to finish off alone. $6 is not a terrible price for a beer of this quality in such a nice bottle. I'll be picking up more of this for sure.

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Photo of kwjd
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange colour that starts out with huge head. The head dissipates very quickly, no real lacing. Smells of banana, with lots of citrus and some wheat malt. Nice sweet flavour with a hint if bitterness. Aftertaste of banana and oranges. I really enjoyed the old hefe from Muskoka, but I think I prefer this one.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What? Summer already?

A - Lightly hazed gold with a good head of brittle white foam.

S - Lots of lemon, light cloves, and faint banana. Good dose of wheaty/yeastiness.

T - Huge banana amongst an otherwise soft wheatiness. Fairly sweet, only barely bitter and kinda fruity.

M - A bit heavy handed on the fizz. Moderate-light body.

D - I like this. Easy drinking and good flavour.

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Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swing top bottle.
New release, now in large format bottle vs cans.

Pours into a pilsner glass a hazy light yellow with a good amount of bright white foamy head that holds well. Nose is light fruits, banana esters, floral, cloves and a yeast auroma. Taste is similiar; lots of banana and bubblegum flavour mixed with other fruits and lingering yeast. Though the initial punch remains flavourful. Light to medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall I have to say this is a decent beer and brought more than I initially thought it might. Easy drinking and nice low abv means it's perfect for the approaching weather. There's some discussion about this being the same version that was in cans and it's been changed to seasonal, put in a vintage bottle and costs more. I can't speak to much of that, and while I think the "vintage 2011" on the label is silly, I did enjoy this bottle and believe it would make a better seasonal beer than year round. Muskokas seasonal bottles have been 2/2 for me being excellent, I tried their sampler can pack last year and walked away unimpressed, so needless to say I think they are making great strides.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with two fingers of eggshell head. Okay retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of banana, yeast, juicy fruit gum.

T: Quite a bit of banana flavour but not overly sweet. Tastes good but somehow I wish there was "more".

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with fine and lively carbonation.

D: Drinkability seems pretty good.

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Photo of bryehn
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer formerly known as Hefe Weizen rebranded and packaged as a spring/summer seasonal in a 750 mL snap-top bottle.

Pours a nice and hazy amber-orange peel colour with a medium-sized, tight head that falls to a collar after a few minutes.

About a week after being delivered to stores, the beer smells extraordinarily fresh and bright. Citrus dominates the aroma and is accompanied by a fatty, buttery banana-like smell, coriander spiciness and honey sweetness.

The taste is just as fresh as the smell. Sweet, toasty and bready malts and citrus followed by a good dry bite. Outstanding.

The beer is very crisp, with a prickly carbonation on the tongue and a smooth, creamy and slightly syrupy aftertaste.

This is an excellent beer that I'll buy until it disappears until next year. It's far better and less sweet/syrupy than the canned variety we used to get from Muskoka.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unfiltered dirty yellow haze,and that is appealing. four inches of head. This is wheat, this is the style. Orange citrus, much bannana, some cloves, much funky yeast in the finish. Carbonation is right there and builds up, becoming harsh, slightly taking away from enjoyment and the mouthfeel is lighter that I would expect. Much spider lacing down the glass. Good until August 2011, this is a couple days into the LCBO and taste very fresh. Very drinkable, I surprisingly finished most of the bomber. Overall, a good one not to be missed.

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Muskoka Summer Weiss from Muskoka Brewery
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